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The Ancient Ones: Prophecy of the Ilat by C.E. Allan

Thursday, August 6, 2015
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Joseph Collins, a successful and wealthy businessman, is informed that his wife, Adrianna, and his daughter, Tianna, are being held hostage by High Lord Daemonium. Joseph suspects that Daemonium took his family hostage because he uncovered an unauthorized project that one of his subsidiaries was working on. Expecting the worst, Joseph edits his last will and testament as his trusted employee, Dan Fuller, drives Joseph to meet with Daemonium at his chateau.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Upon his arrival at the chateau, Joseph confronts Daemonium to discover why his wife and daughter are being held hostage. Daemonium's response is meaningless to Joseph because he claims that Joseph has done nothing to offend him. Confused, Joseph pleads for his wife's and daughter's lives; however, both are brutally killed in front of him before Daemonium turns on Joseph and kills him.

The story jumps to fourteen years after the family's deaths, and readers discover that Tianna was not killed that day; she was rescued from Daemonium's wrath, and is attending school under the assumed name, Sara Fuller. Tianna dreams of becoming a lumia, an elite female warrior, so that she can stop hiding from those that seek to harm her, and waits anxiously for her rescuer and protector, Niobe, to retrieve her from the relative safety of the Venefica Academy and return home.

Niobe has a plan that will allow Tianna to return home; however, Niobe and Tianna soon discover that the corruption and greed that motivated Daemonium to kill Joseph has turned trusted allies into enemies, and that the outcome of the fight to return Tianna to her former life will determine the fate of the realms.

My summary of The Ancient Ones: Prophecy of the Ilat does not do it justice. It is a very complex and detailed story in an exquisite alternate reality with well-developed characters. I found the story's structure to be similar to some of the RPGs that I enjoy playing; the ultimate quests in those games are pretty straightforward, but you have to complete side quests in order to fight a final battle to win the game.

I also liked that Allan combined elements from Earth mythology, extraterrestrial origin of life theory, the "fall from grace" idiom, and political intrigue to create a unique and immersive story with a female protagonist that can kick some serious ass.


There are a couple of aspects to the book that some readers might have a problem with:

First, I consider myself to be pretty literate, but there were a few words that I needed to use my Kindle's dictionary feature for; however, I thought the language suited the character and I did not find it distracting.

Second, there are some grammatical and spelling errors throughout the book. I am more of a contextual reader, so I was able to overlook these minor mishaps easily. Some readers may find these minor mishaps distracting, but these can be easily remedied with a re-edit of the book when the book starts generating more income.

All in all, I was really blown away by C.E. Allan's fresh and original take on themes that have been played out in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, and I would recommend it for readers that are not usually interested in sci-fi/fantasy books. While the setting and themes have a sci-fi/fantasy aspect to them, it seems more like a futuristic action/adventure epic.

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The Ancient Ones: Prophecy of the Ilat is definitely on my list to re-read when I have the time, because I know that I am going to find nuances that I missed during my first read-through.

To get a better idea of what The Ancient Ones: Prophecy of the Ilat is about, check out The Gr1nd for an interview with Allan and another perspective on the story. While you are at it, check out C.E. Allan's website for details on where to find Prophecy of the Ilat and a bio; if you are like me and want to be a fanboy (or girl), you can find him on Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter.

Enjoy!